Just yesterday we saw Motorola flip the on-switch for Moto Maker for the new Moto X here in the US. Customers can head over to the site right away to design a phone that suits their tastes and purchase the unlocked model directly. This time around, eager shoppers in the UK, France, and Germany won't have to wait forever in hopes of tweaking their own version of the flagship.
|Bertel King, Jr.||Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.|
We Android users are accustomed to getting games months, even years, after our iOS-running peers. We've grown so used to this that it's hardly worth pointing out half the time. But every now and then a game slips in that really took its time. In a world of jets engines, daWindci has floated towards Android with the speed of a hot air balloon with a Play Store appearance that's a full three years after its 2011 Apple App Store debut.
Here's a Google app that few people would judge you for not knowing about. There's this thing formerly known as Maps Engine that lets people create custom maps and share them with others. Now it goes by the name of My Maps. And, put bluntly, it's a change that makes sense. This conveys to users what the app actually does. Map Engine? Not so much.
To go with the name change, Google has changed the app's icon as well.
With its first wearable, the Shine, Misfit took a different approach to the whole activity tracking thing. Its spherical device wasn't tied to a bracelet like its competitors', it could be popped inside of a necklace or strapped to a belt as well. And forget days of battery life, this thing could go for months. The product was compelling, but at $129.99, it wasn't cheap, so Misfit is addressing that with its second go at the market, the Flash.
In another gesture that shows Microsoft's increasing willingness to play along with its competitors, the company has launched a OneNote Android Wear app into the Play Store. However, this release oddly requires users to have this separate app installed alongside the standard Android one in order to interact with OneNote on their smartwatches. It's awkward, but hey, it's better than nothing. With this new integration, people are able to dictate words to their wrists and have them appear among their notes.
Pandora is currently rolling out a redesigned version of its Android app that may just cause more than a few double takes. The Internet radio service has looked largely the same on Android for a few years now, but the UI introduced in 5.5 is strikingly different - at first, at least. This change is stark, but it's only surface deep.
The Pandora app has been stripped of its blue gradients.
Adobe has brought EchoSign over to Android, so now workers can use the mobile app to close deals with clients, job applicants can use it to sign contracts, and just about anyone can use it to put their John Hancock on any of the myriad of documents that require a signature. The app lets people e-sign documents using either their fingers or a stylus and/or request signatures from others. Even better, it happens to integrate with a number of cloud storage providers (Google Drive and Box make the list, but Dropbox, oddly, isn't mentioned).
Nifty language learning app Duolingo is expanding on its usefulness by adding another course for English speakers. Android users can now click on the green birdy app to learn how to say new words in Dutch. The option is accessible along with all of the other courses, which you can see in the screenshot below.
For people who aren't at all interested in learning this particular language, the latest Duolingo update still comes with an added perk.
The new Moto X isn't available for purchase from Motorola's just yet, but the company is holding a promotion that will let anyone with a valid .edu email address get $50 off the regular price once it does go on sale. This applies for students, teachers, and alumni alike, similar to the last time Motorola offered up this discount for the previous model. Note, only one promotional code will work per email address, and there's a chance it won't go through if you jumped on this offer for the previous model.